Well, that didn’t take long.
It hasn’t even been one month since Brock Lesnar returned to the WWE, but there is already tension between him and company officials.
Brock Lesnar was very upset backstage after Sunday’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. According to sources with knowledge of the situation, Lesnar felt he had been “double crossed” with the promo by John Cena that closed the show.
Lesnar was so upset he began throwing things before he could be consoled. In the tirade, Brock specifically berated Marc Carano, who is the real-life assist of John Laurinaitis. Brock complained to Marc that the booking in WWE was a disaster and allegedly accused Cena of trying to hurt him. The situation was so out of control some accused Lesnar of acting in an attempt to show up the locker room in order to send the message that he could quit at anytime.
Apparently Brock was told that Cena would go over but would be stretchered out of the building, preventing Lesnar from looking weak. When Cena decided to address the audience after the match, Lesnar threw a fit. I was told yesterday that prior to the match Lesnar specifically asked one of the producers if they “were sure” about the match outcome.
The angle on last night’s Raw Supershow was done to write Lesnar off television. He is expected to return in a few weeks and isn’t believed to have heat with Cena despite the promo and the accusations Lesnar made after the match. It’s unknown what was said to Lesnar to calm him down and while some are speculating that his contract status with the company is “up in the air,” many feel there is no way he is walking away from the big money and this is all part of Brock being Brock.
While some still aren’t sure whether Lesnar’s post-match outburst was part of the event, the question still remains: Was it justified?
On the surface, Lesnar’s big blowup makes him come off as egotistical and self-centered. If makes him look as if, as he said in that awesome video package, Brock is only worried about Brock.
But I don’t blame him for it. Not one bit.
One of the biggest and most memorable moments in wrestling history is the “Montreal Screwjob,” and what is it famous for? The script changing without one of the guys who was involved in it knowing that that was the case.
Bret Hart went into his match with Shawn Michaels thinking that he was going to walk out as WWF Champion, but unbeknownst to Hart, Vince McMahon, Michaels and referee Earl Hebner had concocted a plan to screw Hart out of the title.
The end result was Hart looking like a moron and, of course, him getting extremely pissed, too.
Most fans today seem to side with Hart, deeming McMahon, Michaels and Hebner as “unprofessional” for going off-script in a business in which that should never happen.
And if we’re going to take Hart’s side, then it only makes sense to take Lesnar’s as well.
Lesnar was reportedly told going into the match that he would lose (which he was fine with), but that he would have beaten and battered Cena so badly that “The Champ” had to be stretchered out of the arena.
That result would have worked well for both men because Cena would have won the battle, but Lesnar would have won the war.
Like with Triple H and The Undertaker at WrestleMania 27, Cena would have been declared the official winner, but Lesnar would have been the only one to walk out under his own power.
In turn, the end result would have made both men look good, or at least would have made neither look weak.
But that didn’t happen.
Instead, the creative team made a drastic change to its plans without even having the courtesy to inform Lesnar and say, “Hey, this is what’s going to happen now.”
Wouldn’t you be pissed if that happened to you? Damn right you would.
The wrestling business is like a machine—you need all the parts working together to make it work. Lesnar did his job at Extreme Rules, but no one else did.
It accomplished two things: making Cena look strong and making Lesnar look weak.
I’m not going to hate on Cena because he was likely just doing what he was told to do. But I will hate on the WWE in general for trying to pull a fast one on Lesnar.
Whether you like him or not, he has a point: You don’t change the script without informing everyone involved.
That’s like performing in a play and one of the other actors altering its ending without letting you know first.
Your only possible reaction? “WTF?”
But that “WTF?” would, as Lesnar proves, quickly turn into anger. And no one should blame you for it.